German Chocolate Cookies

german chocolate cookies

german chocolate cake cookies

When life hands you Boxed Cake Mix(or when they are buy one get one free at the store and you can’t pass up a sale) what do you do with it? Well, I don’t usually make cakes with them as I prefer homemade. Well silly, you make cookies!
These were pretty amazing if I do say so myself. What puts them over the top? The crispy coconut on top. AMAZING I tell you! I adore coconut. I could eat it with everything. Roll a piece of cow crap in coconut, yep I’ll take it! Ok so that’s just plain nasty. No thanks, I will pass on the coconut covered cow terds. A hint for the wise, if you store these in an airtight container, the coconut will loose a bit of that heavenly light crispness. So eat them all in one sitting and you will be better off!!!!

1 box German Chocolate Cake mix
4 Tablespoons butter, soft
1 egg
1/2 cup canola oil
1/4 Teaspoon coconut extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup pecans, toasted and chopped
3/4 cup chocolate chips(milk or semi-sweet)
Coconut to roll the cookies in before baking
Preheat the oven to 350.
In a large bowl, mix all of the ingredients together until blended.
Scoop out a ping pong ball size amount of cookie(I used my tiny Pampered Chef Scoop, that I could not live without all 3 sizes)
Roll into a ball (moisten your hands if it gets sticky)
Roll in the coconut.
Place on an ungreased cookie sheet 2 inches apart.
Bake for 8-10 minutes.


  1. 1

    LOOOOVE that you made the classic cake into a cookie!! Holy yum.

  2. 2
    Chow and Chatter says:

    oh wow these look great love german choc cake one of my fav american cakes, let me know if you would ever like to guest post for me.
    I know your already huge, but i think your great Rebecca

  3. 3

    I so so so cant live without all 3 sizes of my pampered chef scoops either.

    Cookies, turds, look fantastic!

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    Tales From the Land of Motherhood says:

    Oh I can't wait to try these. I am a HUGE fan of coconut also.

    Thanks for sharing!!

  5. 5

    YUMMY! I love german chocolate cake… so these cookies are right up my alley. I feel like I'm pregnant because your blog makes me crave EVERYTHING! haha
    -Mini Baker

  6. 6

    God I hate coconut 😉 but I bet these cookies are pretty darned amazing without the coconut! And it is not the coconut FLAVOR I hate.. it is the texture I despise! ughhhh.
    Now I am craving chocolate cookies!
    Everything you make looks YUM!
    Have you ever had a flop in the kitchen? hahah

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    ♥peachkins♥ says:

    they look great..

  8. 8

    Oh my… I want chocolate right now and so of course I see this post. I will make them very soon.

    My best, Lynn

  9. 9

    My girls would love these. I have cake mixs sitting in my pantry, but they are not chocolate. I may have to make a trip to the supermarket….

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    Culinary Cory says:

    These cookies look amazing. Such a unique idea. I'm totally adding it to my list.

  11. 11

    LOL – you are such a nut. Beautiful cookies, gotta love a good sale!

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    cookies and cups says:

    pretty sure I could manage that one sitting indulgence…if you insist! Those look really good and I love cool ways to use cake mixes…when they are on sale for $1 it's hard to pass up!!!!

  13. 13

    These look great! I like that you recommend eating them all in one sitting 🙂 I love coconut so much too.

  14. 14

    What a great switch on the cake! I've got to make these for my son. German chocolate cake is his favorite- he asks for it on his birthday every year. He'll adore these.

  15. 15

    great idea! i love coconut too!

  16. 16

    These look great – thank you.

  17. 17

    As a fellow coconut whore, I must thank you for this recipe! Yeah!

  18. 18

    How freakin darn cute this idea is, you should go replace Sandra Dee on Food Network with this one!

    They look yummy…

  19. 19

    yep, coconut, Cheez Its and chocolate, really you can't go wrong if those are added into any recipe.

  20. 20

    Leslie you always have the most creative ideas. This is a really good one. And ironically I just had a birthday in which I was served–you guessed it–German Chocolate Cake! Thanks for the smile today. 🙂

    Casual Kitchen

  21. 21

    Best use for packaged cake mix I have ever seen!

  22. 22

    these cookies are a MUCH better use for boxed mix than a boring ol' cake. they look quite delicious. hairy and a bit turd-like, yes, but delicious nonetheless.

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    BentoForKidlet says:

    Oh those look amazing! I'm going to have to bake some for my dad who is a giant german chocolate cake fan!

  24. 24

    Sounds good to me! I'll have to find a GF german cake mix now…

  25. 25

    Great so you want my butt to spread even more? Eat them all in one sitting? Thank goodness I'm not too much of a cookie person and chocolate doesn't float my boat otherwise I'd have problems. I picked up two boxes myself…..Publix, right?! LOL!

  26. 26

    Well YUM! When boxed cake it isn't just handed to you it's practically thrown to you! Nice cookies, now I want one!

  27. 27

    never thought about using cake mix for cookies. genius!

  28. 28

    This looks so delicious! How am I supposed to think about anything else?!

  29. 29

    I love coconut, gotta try these babies. You made me laugh because growing up I was a NASA brat. My mom used to say that my dad's co-workers would eat ANYTHING including a t*rd if ya slapped on some frosting(or maybe coconut). 🙂

  30. 30

    Coconut always wins me over and your use of cake mix is resourceful, mumsy-wumsy! ;0

  31. 31

    I love making cookies with cake mix, these look awesome!

  32. 32

    OMG…Leslie, these look over the top delish. So very gooey and chocolaty.

  33. 33

    You're too funny! I'm sure I could eat them all in one sitting…yum!

  34. 34

    mmm I made a german chocolate cake once… I think its on my blog? i dont even know. But these look fab!

  35. 35

    So Cute!

  36. 36

    German chocolate cake is my favorite EVER. These cookies are calling my name and making me drool.

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    ~~louise~~ says:

    Looking good. I just "whipped" up a cake mix the other night. With a bit of doctoring, no one was the wiser, except me!!!

    I'm almost embarrassed to admit, I have just recently been introduced to Pampered Chef. I'm so captivated by the products, I've decided to give a few away for my Blogoversary! If you get a chance, Leslie, stop by…

    Happy Home-Made Cookie Day!!! (October is Cookie Month too:)

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    The Blonde Duck says:

    I never knew you could use cake mix to make cookies! How cool!

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    Clumbsy Cookie says:

    I also adore coconut! And no problem about it getting soggy, I would have no problem of eating them in one sitting!

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    Chef Fresco says:

    Oh yum! These look delicious!

  41. 41

    What cute little cookies all rolled up in coconut! I need to get some of those scoops!

  42. 42

    these are genius!!!!! Ive not seen a cookie like them!! YUM!

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    Fahrenheit 350° says:

    2 things I love more than anything: s'mores and german chocolate cake! Yes please!

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    Alyssa Goodnight says:

    Mmm! These sound deliciously different! And I love that they're made from a cake mix! Good work!

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    Melanie Anne says:

    Wow-what a awesome cookie! My Dad would love these–he is a big German Chocolate cake fan! I will have to make these for him!

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    amandalouden says:

    those look so good!

  47. 47

    German chocolate cookies.. Reposted it 🙂